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The Black Lillies / Press

“Now this is country: The Black Lillies come straight out of Tennessee with all the country trappings. Fiddle and steel guitar punctuate the occasional sad lyric with extra heart-punching melancholy, Jamie Cook's drums keep the ballads loping forward, and the beats grab the barn burners by the nose and drag them out to the dance floor for a kicky little two-step. Like all outstanding country acts, though, the real charm of the Black Lillies' work comes in the harmonies: Male-female vocals intertwine beautifully for a moment before going their separate ways, and everything blends together like a dream featuring Hank Williams and Dolly Parton doing duets.”

"The Black Lillies brings a harder-rocking, honky-tonk edge to its bluegrass and roots sensibilities. Cruz Contreras uses his stone country singing voice up front these days, and shows that listeners have been missing something. If this band doesn't have a bright future, it's a damned shame."

"A true Americana supergroup."

Jim Lauderdale - Grammy Award Winner and host of Tennessee Shines

"Contreras’ time in the spotlight’s been a long time coming, but it looks like it’s going to be worth the wait."

Matthew Everett - Metro Pulse

"Those of us who followed Robinella and the CCstringband knew how much of the band's magic rested with Contreras. However, who had any idea he would be such a fine singer and songwriter? This combination of hard country, swampy rock, blues and even a little reggae bodes well for the future."

““The vocal interplay calls to mind the old-school exchanges of June Carter and Johnny Cash.””

"From the romanticism of the title track to the soul overtones of "Cruel" to the reggae-inflected groove of "Yes I Know," the album easily qualifies as a masterpiece. The instrumental work alone would catapult it into the upper tier; Contreras's songwriting elevates it even higher."

Steve Wildsmith - The Daily Times

"The combination of Cruz Contreras' soulful vocals intertwining with Tom Pryor's steel guitar is gorgeous. The title track is easily my favorite country song of the year, thus far."

"The whole CD is magnificent. Great songwriting, spot-on instrumental work and some amazing vocals by Cruz Contreras."